'The Breakfast Club' returns to theaters for 30th anniversary
Don't you forget about them
'Brat Pack' shines in classic youth flick
Three decades have passed, but “The Breakfast Club” still stands as a revered paean to the young generation it connected with back then.
Directed by youth-friendly John Hughes, “The Breakfast Club” is an enduring giant in the coming-of-age genre, and it’s headed back to the big screen in a remastered form.
Marking its 30th anniversary, “The Breakfast Club” will be shown in select American theaters at 7:30 p.m. local time on both Thursday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 31.
The presentations in cinemas are being brought to the public by Colorado-based Fathom Events, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and BY Experience -- a distributor of special digital-based cinema events to movie theaters.
“ ‘The Breakfast Club’ broke down traditional stereotypes of the time, and showed that it’s better to define yourself than let others decide how you are,” Fathom Events Chief Executive Officer John Rubey said. “Audiences found the characters easy to relate to, and could apply this and other lessons from the film to their own life.”
The 1985 cinematic depiction of teen angst and personality probing featured a bevy of top-notch, young Hollywood talent: Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall.
Each portrayed a distinct persona that -- in combination -- radiated an array of characters which youthful audiences recognized from the real life: the “princess, bad boy, jock, emotional wreck and brain.”
In the movie, each relates his or her story and feelings, prompting the others to perhaps see that person in a different light.
They’re all struggling to be understood.
The experiences of those characters as they endure a Saturday detention at school resonated with Roman Sawczak, who was an active rock musician in the Chicago area during the ’80s.
The resident of Dyer, Ind., knows the film stands as a colorful reminder of life in high school.
“Another great John Hughes film, stellar cast, storyline, and characters everyone could relate to,” said Sawczak, who likewise worked as a radio-show producer in the Windy City during his younger days.
A member of a band called the Dancing Noodles, Sawczak notes that “The Breakfast Club” should also be celebrated for its “cool soundtrack.”
The soundtrack’s signature song is “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” -- Simple Minds’ No. 1 smash on Billboard’s pop chart in 1985.
Fans attending the March showings in more than 430 movie theaters will be in for a visually polished experience.
“They re-scanned the original film elements, color corrected and cleaned up frame by frame,” Rubey said. “It’s a lengthy process, but the film will look great on the big screen.”
The special showings will come with an introduction supplied “by a bonus featurette that takes a look back at the film that defined a genre and a generation,” according to a Fathom Events press release.
Audiences will likewise be treated to on-screen personal insights from cast members Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall, as well as input from filmmakers Diablo Cody (“Jennifer’s Body”), Amy Heckerling (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”) and Michael Lehmann (“Heathers”).
Visit http://www.fathomevents.com/event/the-breakfast-club for theater and ticket information for the March 26 and 31 presentations of “The Breakfast Club” in select cinemas nationwide.